Although it was FREEZING outside, we decided to create our own ice cream!
Our Material List:
- gallon bags
- sandwich bags
- salt (rock salt or ice cream salt work great)
- half & half
- vanilla (I would try some powdered chocolate next time also)
- toppings (we used blueberries, strawberries, and sprinkles)
- cups and spoons
- gloves (since we are dealing with the possibility of touching food)
- measuring cups (1 cup, 1/2 cup, TBSP, 1/2 tsp.)
- tray (to put wet materials on)
- grocery bags (I used these when the gallon bags ripped from all of the shaking going on)
- book on making ice cream
First we read “Let’s Find Out About Ice Cream” by Mary Ebeltoft Reid. The kids were so excited about getting started with our activity, that I actually read half and then skimmed half of this book. I left the book on the table and the kids took turns looking through the pages. The book goes through the process of how ice cream is made complete with photographs and diagrams.
I also wrote down the ingredients on a cheat sheet, so I didn’t have to remember them with all of the excitement. At this point, I was very hands on, so I didn’t take any pictures. What we did was put the 1 cup of half & half, 1/2 tsp. of vanilla, and 2 TBSPs of sugar in a sandwich bag. I double bagged it. In the gallon bag, I added ice and about 1/2 of salt (the kids added the ingredients). Then it was shaking time!
Overall, this activity was really fun and delicious. Here are a couple of notes:
- The clean up and activity would be WAY easier if it is done outside.
- The salt melts the ice which creates very salty water, so be VERY careful when getting the ice cream out of the inside bag because you don’t want it to touch the salt water or your hands if they have touched the salt water.
- Although the sandwich bag is doubled bagged, and in a gallon bag, it ripped through. I added grocery bag after grocery bag, so make sure to have some back-ups because the kids loved shaking the bags. I also had towels to put around them so their hands wouldn’t get too cold.
- I wanted the kids to be able to mix the ingredients together, so I tried using a bowl and then poured it into the sandwich bag. If you choose to do this, make sure that you pour all of the sugar into the bag because it tends to stick to the bottom of the bowl.
I will definitely do this activity again!! Enjoy!!